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Homework Help: Friction Coefficient

  1. Oct 5, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Two blocks are arranged at the ends of a mass-
    less string as shown in the figure. The system
    starts from rest. When the 1.81 kg mass has
    fallen through 0.336 m, its downward speed is
    1.25 m/s.
    The acceleration of gravity is 9.8 m/s2 .
    at is the frictional force between the
    3.13 kg mass and the table? Answer in units
    of N.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    m(table) T-friction=m(table)a
    m(fallen) T-m(fallen)g=m(fallen)a



    Did I go about this correctly?
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  3. Oct 6, 2008 #2


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    Your answer is slightly off. I'd check your equation for the falling mass and work out you acceleration and tension again.
  4. Oct 6, 2008 #3
    i redid it and got .1376.
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